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For questions about the paladin, a "holy warrior" character class or archetype in D&D and related RPGs. Paladins are usually devoted to a deity and/or an oath that guides their actions. Because they generally combine martial skill with magical ability, paladins are frequently viewed as a combination of the cleric and fighter classes.

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Is the Oath of the Ancients Paladin's Elder Champion feature intended to still work while unconscious?

The Paladin's Oath of the Ancients Level 20 Elder Champion feature states: Using your action, you undergo a transformation. For 1 minute, you gain the following benefits: At the start of ...
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Are you allowed to stack Divine Smite and Eldritch Smite on the same attack?

The specific example I'm looking at here is: you are a Paladin 2/Warlock 5 and snagged Eldritch Smite from XGTE as your 5th level Warlock Invocation. This gives you access to both... Divine Smite ...
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Can Paladins ritual cast?

In the D&D5E Player's Handbook, the Paladin's description states that they "learned to draw on divine magic and cast spells as a cleric does." The cleric is capable of ritual casting, and ...
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This Paladin PC sounds too OP. If they are, how can I fix it?

I just constructed a Level 5 Human Paladin character for one of my players and this is what I got. His base stats are: STR 15 DEX 14 CON 18 INT 14 WIS 17 CHR 12 This was done by using the 4d6 ...
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Is my paladin/warlock multiclass a viable tank?

I'll be playing a D&D 5e Warlock/Paladin character in the Curse of Strahd adventure. I'll start off by taking 2 levels of Paladin (variant human with War Caster) and then start taking levels in ...
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Is Curse Bringer + Divine Smite + Wrathful Smite + Greenflame Blade RAW, RAI or Neither? [duplicate]

Warlock Hexblade (3), Paladin (x) Boon: Pact of the Blade Eldritch Invocations: Curse Bringer. Need minimum 5 lvls Turn 1.1 Hexblade curse (bonus action) Turn 2.1 (bonus action) Wrathful Smite ...
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Can you use Divine Smite while you are concentrating on a spell?

I am playing as a multiclassed Hexblade warlock 3/paladin 2 in a D&D 5e campaign. Can you use your paladin Divine Smite feature in melee while you are concentrating on a spell, such as shadow ...
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Can you change skill proficiency in a character by magical means?

I've made a 5e Paladin. I took Intimidate as a skill proficiency. Now that I am choosing my oath it doesn't really work with Intimidate. My DM is kind of a stickler so I am was wondering: are there ...
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Are a Paladin's auras considered magical for the purpose of Anti-Magic Field? [duplicate]

I know in current editions they don't explicitly state that the auras for paladins are based on magic. I haven't ran into this yet, but my question is, does the effect provided from an aura penetrate ...
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Would it be alright to house-rule in my game that Paladins can use Divine Smite on attacks with ranged weapons?

Right now I'm DMing for an entire party of level 9 Paladins. We have the Paladin that is the Spank (rerolls 1 & 2), the Tank Paladin (has a AC of 19), and the Paladin Controller (uses mainly Buffs ...
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If I multiclass into Paladin, can I use up any class's spell slots for Divine Smite?

Divine Smite: Starting at 2nd level, when you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack, you can expend one paladin spell slot to deal radiant damage to the target, in addition to the weapon's ...
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Is there anything preventing a Lawful Evil Paladin?

The concept With the vanishing of alignment restrictions on Paladins in 5e, I have been toying with the idea of a (PC or NPC) Lawful Evil Paladin. My particular image is of a Noble background ...
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Do paladin oaths have to be taken seriously?

My friends are planning a game with a group of paladin characters. One of my friends is interested in the Oath of Devotion, which has the following tenets: Honesty. Don’t lie or cheat. Let your ...
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Ankheg as a Dwarf Paladin mount

When adjusting the HD of an Ankheg with the mount bonus; does it became a huge magical beast when it's HD count goes to 5 and above or is still just large?
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Can I use Eldritch Smite and Divine Smite using only one spell slot?

Can I use 1 Spell slot from Warlock to use both Divine Smite and Eldritch Smite in the same attack? Or I must use 2 spells slots?
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Party Paladin sold his soul to an evil goddess. Does he get a new character template now? (ie: deathknight, blackguard, etc.)

A PC died, and in an attempt to have his life spared, my group's paladin decided to offer his soul after he had a talk with the spiritual form of Lolth. Lolth decided to bargain for a trade of his ...
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Why did D&D Paladins originally have a requirement to be Lawful Good? [closed]

In every edition of D&D before 4e, Paladins are required to be Lawful Good. If they stray from that, they are completely stripped of their powers. This means that evil deities can't grant powers ...
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If a paladin uses their divine bond to give their weapon a special property, what means would players have of identifying it?

A paladin's 5th level Spell like ability Divine bond allows them to give their divine bonded weapon a level based enhancement bonus or an equivalent special property picked from axiomatic, brilliant ...
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Is it possible to choose Channel Divinity options “on the fly”?

If you are a Paladin, are you forced to choose a Channel Divinity option once when you take that feature on your class and then stick with it, or can you choose which option to take when you are using ...
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What exactly are you getting when you buy an Emblem Holy Symbol?

The description for the Emblem Holy Symbol is as follows (PHB, p. 151): Holy Symbol. A holy symbol is a representation of a god or pantheon. It might an amulet depicting a symbol representing a ...
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Is this homebrew Oath of the Jedi paladin subclass balanced compared to the official subclasses?

Is the following homebrew Oath of the Jedi paladin subclass balanced compared to the official subclasses? Oath Spells You gain oath spells at the following levels: 3rd - Jump, Catapult ...
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Is this homebrew Oath of the Golden Knight paladin subclass balanced compared to the official subclasses?

Oath Spells You gain Oath Spells at the Paladin levels listed. 3 Hail of Thorns, Ensnaring Strike 5 Locate Animals or Plants, Healing Spirit 9 Conjure Animals, Spirit Guardians 13 Grasping ...
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How do the Aasimar Favored Class Rewards work, specifically for Paladin?

Title says it all. I'm building an Aasimar Paladin, and the Favored Class Reward in the Advanced Race Guide says the following: "Add +1/6 to the morale bonus on saving throws provided by the paladin’...
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Could rakshasas be detected by paladin’s Divine Sense?

Rakshasas have limited magic immunity which protect them from being detected by magic of 6th (or smaller) level. But paladin’s Divine Sense ability is not a magic at all. Does it mean that even 1st ...
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Does a Paladin with the Divine Health feature destroy a Green Slime?

The Green Slime (DMG, p105) is a dungeon hazard, and any effect that cures disease [...] destroys a patch of green slime. A Paladin, from level 3, is immune to disease thanks to the Divine Health ...
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How do I handle a paladin who falls, but wants to choose a different class instead of taking the Oathbreaker subclass?

tl;dr: How do I handle a fallen paladin? I have a level 6 player who wanted to play a lawful good aasimar paladin (Oath of Devotion). There have been several events which I believe have led to their ...
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Can you use Thunderous Smite and other “Smite” spells with unarmed strikes?

Since unarmed strikes are considered melee weapon attacks, and the 'smite' spells don't have the same restriction as booming blade or green-flame blade (the part where it requires "a weapon" as the ...
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Does the paladin's Divine Health feature make them immune to the curse of lycanthropy?

Paladins get the Divine Health feature at level 3: By 3rd level, the divine magic flowing through you makes you immune to disease. If a were-animal bites a paladin of level 3 or higher, would they ...
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Does an Oath of Vengeance paladin require concentration when using a Channel Divinity option such as Vow of Enmity?

I'm playing Storm King's Thunder in Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition. I have a Paladin who has taken the Oath of Vengeance (PHB, p. 87-88). With that oath, I get my Channel Divinity options and ...
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Does the Holy Nimbus emanate actual sunlight?

The Oath of Devotion paladin has the Holy Nimbus feature at level 20: At 20th level, as an action, you can emanate an aura of sunlight. For 1 minute, bright light shines from you in a 30-foot ...
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Channel Divinity: Control Undead question

I had a question about the Oathbreaker Paladin's Channel Divinity option, Control Undead. Control Undead: As an action, you target one undead creature you can see within 30 feet of you. The target ...
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Paladin/Warlock sharing spell slots [duplicate]

I have a conundrum. I have a multiclassed 6th Paladin/ 5th Warlock character. With 6 levels of paladin, I have 4/2 spell slots, and as a 5th warlock, I have 2 spells that are cast as a 3rd level slot. ...
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Can the target of Nature's Wrath (Channel Divinity) use an action to attempt to free itself?

An Oath of Ancients Paladin may use her Channel Divinity class feature to apply Nature's Wrath: Nature's Wrath: As an action, you can cause spectral vines to spring up and reach for a creature ...
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What is the maximum damage done by Divine Smite?

This is a mechanics question pertaining to the maximum allowed damage for the Paladin's Divine Smite ability. Divine Smite: ...you can expend one [Spell Slot] to deal Radiant damage in addition to ...
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Can a bone knight summon a skeleton version of a steed other than a warhorse or war pony?

Paladins becoming a Bone Knight lose the services of their paladin mount and gain a skeletal mount instead. The wording seems to restrict the type of mount, allowing only a skeletal warhorse or pony (...
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Where can I find the “Destructive Smite” paladin spell?

In the list of spells in the Player's Handbook, one of the level 5 paladin spells is "Destructive Smite". However, I can't find the spell description. Where can I find the description of the "...
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What kind of dragon cohort can my paladin get?

My D&D 3.5 paladin took the Dragon Cohort feat in order to obtain the services of a gold dragon (and negotiate being allowed to use the cohort as a mount from time to time) but now I'm not sure ...
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Would removing the “total cover” part of a Paladin's Divine Sense unbalance the feature?

Inspired by this question: What good is the paladin's Divine Sense? I am running Lost Mines of Phandelver to introduce a couple of people to D&D (just me and my two players; I use DMPCs to ...
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What good is the paladin's Divine Sense?

The Divine Sense feature of the Paladins looks underwhelming to me. It has limited uses, takes an action to use, and you know the location and type of any celestial/fiend/undead within 60ft, not ...
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Does transparent cover negate paladin Divine Sense?

Some background: I want to have the bad guy necromancer have a trap in front of the secret entrance to his lair. He has a small frozen lake that abuts the entrance. To invade, the players would have ...
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Does a paladin's Divine Sense feature negate the Mirror Image spell?

My players went up against a homebrew creature I made, it was a fallen angel that could cast Mirror Image. Our paladin had the idea to use his Divine Sense ability to be able to tell which Image was ...
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Can a Paladin's Divine Sense ability detect good and evil through a portal?

Can a paladin use Divine Sense to detect strongly evil or good forces through a portal generated by the Gate spell? Example: My Paladin is 10ft away from a portal, and on the other side of the portal,...
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What good is a Paladin's Divine Sense against invisibility?

From the PHB: The presence of strong evil registers on your senses like a noxious odor, and powerful good rings like heavenly music in your ears. As an action, you can open your awareness to ...
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Does a Paladin's Aura of Protection Affect Allies' Death Saving Throws?

In D&D 5e, the Paladin feature Aura of Protection allows allies within 10 feet of you to add your charisma modifier as a bonus to their saving throws, as long as you are conscious. Certainly this ...
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What happens to a Paladin's summoned steed if the Paladin dies?

The spell Find Steed allows a Paladin to "summon a spirit that assumes the form of an unusually intelligent, strong, and loyal steed, creating a long-lasting bond with it." The spell text describes ...
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How does Paladin's Abjure Enemy ability really work?

Abjure Enemy specifically states that the enemy has a speed of 0 for the duration. However since this is different to the frightened condition (which makes no claims about movement speed) it's not ...
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Can I embed a spellcasting focus into a shield, like a paladin or cleric? [duplicate]

I want to multiclass either cleric/wizard or paladin/wizard and I was wondering whether i can use my holy symbol as a spellcasting focus for my wizard spells and if not, can I embed my arcane focus ...
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Can a Rutterkin's Bite poison a Paladin?

The Rutterkin (from Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, pg. 136) has the following attack: Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: + 4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 12 (3d6 + 2) piercing damage. If the ...
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Can a paladin prepare more spells if they didn't cast any the previous day?

I know this seems like a silly question but it was just a random thought that I had today. I know Paladins only get so many spells a day by preparing them usually when they wake up and pray to ...
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How does Mercy remove conditions?

Is the creature affected by a Paladin's Mercy, immune from contracting the conditions another time during the duration of the hour long ability? (because those conditions wouldn't actually get ...

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